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February 2011

Fighting The High Life

Some of the best fighters in the world started their careers in spit and sawdust set-ups that lacked even running water. However, a new wave of training facilities has arrived, and they are palatial in comparison to the hole in-the-wall…

Taking Care Of Your Own

The number of soldiers returning from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is higher than it’s been since Vietnam. Suicide, alcoholism, and homelessness are plaguing our troops, but luckily we have people who are stepping…

Art For Mixed Martial Art's Sake

Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin punched and kicked each other’s faces to a pulp for 15 minutes in 2005 to create the Bonnar-Griffin Boom—the explosion of mixed martial arts onto the national sporting landscape. MMA fans…

5 Minutes With Urijah Faber

How are things going for “The California Kid?” Fantastic. I’m working on a really cool project on the northern, northern coast of Cali about three hours from Sacramento on Highway 1. We’re building our Team…

Walk This Way

Readers who’ve seen FIGHT! contributor and Strikeforce middleweight Jason “Mayhem” Miller enter an arena may find themselves confused by how half-dressed women, blaring music, and exploding pyrotechnics can help you…

Inside America's Gyms

When Miletich Fighting Systems opened its doors in 1997, Bettendorf, Iowa, quickly became THE PLACE for mixed martial artists to train. On any given day, you could find as many top-level athletes working out at MFS as you would playmates at…

UFC Golden Boys

Five years ago, the UFC was bleeding money to the tune of $44 million in the red. Now, according to Dana White, the UFC is worth $2.5 billion. How did this happen? Lots of reasons, including a little show on Spike TV. However, these 10…

5 Minutes With Evan Dunham

What did you want to be when you were little? I always wanted to be a professional athlete. I knew that I couldn’t play basketball, and I was too small for football, but I always wanted to do something with sports. I really…

8 Days of Giving

If you thought December was the month of giving, you thought right. Here are 16 fighters who would like to give out a very special ass beating this holiday season. 1. GEORGES ST-PIERRE VS. JOSH KOSCHECK 2UFC 124: Dec. 11 …

Junior dos Santos: Gypsy Road

Junior dos Santos has destroyed every UFC heavyweight he’s faced—but the division’s top contender has a big one-two combination that he’s looking to deliver…victories over Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez.…

MMA's 33 Best Wrestling Wizards

Viewing their recent success in the cage, it’s a wonder amateur wrestlers were slow to embrace the fight game. Like Darwinian dropouts, the masses of former NCAA Champions and All-Americans watched as other disciplines prospered…

Miracle Mile

In January 2004, Priscilla Belfort, the younger sister of MMA Superstar Vitor Belfort, went missing in Brazil. For three years following her disappearance, the family led a frantic nationwide hunt for the missing girl. In August 2007, a…

2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Boyz In The Hoodies 1. Silver Star: Measure Wear it if: You are looking to cut a little weight before the big tournament. Most likely seen on a high school wrestler. $95.95silverstarnow.com 2.TapouT: Corruption Wear it if:…

To Boldly Go

Back in the day—the “day” being approximately 1994—fighters were clueless in every regard. It wasn’t until everyone got their asses handed to them by a skinny Brazilian named Royce Gracie (being the culturally…